Welcome to the Holistic Hen - Sharing Experiences Raising Organic Chickens, Quail & Pigeons

'General Poultry' articles can be found below or right (mobiles), others are in their respective tabs above.


Organically raised chickens, quail, fantail pigeons and the occasional guest poultry all living in 1000m2 of organic forest garden. The following articles attempt to look at the poultry's view of life in the backyard and to observe and share how they thrive and survive in the environment we created for them. On the occasions when I need to intervene, I do so with a holistic approach to the bird as an individual and also to infer from the situation what this tells me about the general health, happiness and dynamics of the flock. I look at stress management and show how to use nutrition and phytotherapy for both prevention and cure of various conditions. These articles are on-going, they occur either as they happen to us or because someone has asked me for help with their birds and thus to share what I have learned from the experience.

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Making a new garden from a lawn or field

How to use your chickens and quail to optimum advantage when making a new garden. Organic pest and weed control at its best and you get to feed them at the same time. It's win, win!..read more


GENERAL POULTRY

Polish frizzled rooster/cockerel chamois white-lacedHow to care for and keep organic poultry - happy. 

This is Diavolo, he's a Crested Polish Frizzle and he knows more about what he should and shouldn't be eating than any of us ever will...read more

Organic poultry in a forest gardenChoosing chickens for a garden,  Smallholding or homestead 

Thumbing through old horticultural magazines of the mid 1800s one finds included in their columns information on poultry, pigeons and bees. The editorial carries special features on...read more

Polish Chamois Rooster in a forest gardenCreating a food forest garden for ourselves, poultry, wildlife and planet - Part One

Forest gardening fulfils that yearning for freedom and symbolic break-out.. a proactive outcome of taking personal control ...read more

Polish chamois white laced hen in an organic apple orchard

Creating a food forest garden - Part Two - Bare roots, maximum plantings minimum costs.

Starting from scratch and how to build up the canopy and sub-canopy on a budget...read more
Chickens roosting in trees in an organic forest garden

Hens putting themselves to bed in a forest garden .

Don't worry about electronic hen house doors, just plant a tree...read more

4 Homemade Gothic Vampyre Costumes for Chickens

Although I am serious about organic agriculture and sharing ideas about forest garden poultry, most of what we do here is a lot of fun...read more 

Making a new garden from a lawn or field

How to use your chickens and quail to optimum advantage when making a new garden. Organic pest and weed control at its best and...read more